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General Maintenance; Spool Replacement; Line Replacement; Storing The Trimmer - Craftsman 138.98982 Operator's Manual

15-.inch string trimmer


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When servicing, use only identical re-
placement parts. Use of any other parts may create
a hazard or cause product damage.
Always wear eye protection with side
shields marked to comply with ANSI Z87.1. Failure to
do so could result in objects being thrown into your
eyes, resulting in possible serious injury.
Before each use, inspect the entire product for damaged,
missing, or loose parts such as screws, nuts, bolts, caps,
etc. Tighten securely all fasteners and caps and do not
operate this product until all missing or damaged parts
are replaced. Please call 1-888-266-7096
for service and
location of nearest authorized service center.
Avoid using solvents when cleaning plastic parts. Most
plastics are susceptible to damage from various types of
commercial solvents and may be damaged by their use.
Use clean cloths to remove dirt, dust, oil, grease, etc.
Do not at any time let brake fluids,
gasoline, petroleum-based
products, penetrating oils,
etc., come in contact with plastic parts. Chemicals
can damage, weaken or destroy plastic which may
result in serious personal injury.
Only the parts shown on the parts list are intended to
be repaired or replaced by the customer. All other parts
should be replaced at an Authorized Service Center.
Please call 1-888-266-7096.
See Figure 14, page iL
Use only .065 in. diameter monofilament line. Use original
replacement line for best performance.
[] Unplug the string trimmer.
[] Push in tabs on side of spool retainer.
[] Pull spool retainer up to remove.
[] Remove spool.
[] To install the new spool, make sure the two lines are
captured in the slots opposite each other on the new
spool. Make sure the end of each line is extended
approximately 6 in. beyond each slot.
[] Install the new spool so that the lines and slots align with
the eyelets in the line head. Thread the lines into the
== Pull the lines extending from the line head so the line
releases from the slots in the spool.
[] Reinstall the spool retainer by depressing tabs into slots in
the line head and pushing down until spool retainer clicks
into place.
See Figure
15, page fi
[] Unplug the string trimmer.
Remove the spool from the line head.
NOTE: Remove any old line remaining on the spool.
m Cut two pieces of line, each being approximately
9 ft. (2.7 m) long. Use only .065 in. (1.65 mm)
diameter monofilament line.
Insert the first line into the anchor hole in the upper
part of the spool. Wind the first line around the upper
part of the spool counterclockwise,
as shown by the
arrows on the spool. Place line in the slot on upper
spool flange, leaving about 6 in. (152 mm) extended
beyond the slot. Do not overfill. After winding the line,
there should be at least 1/4 in. (6 ram) between the
wound line and the outside edge of the spool.
Repeat above step with second line, using the bottom
part of spool. Do not overfill.
Install the spool in the line head and replace the spool
retainer as described in Spool Replacement on this
[] Clean all foreign material from the trimmer.
[] Store it in a place that is inaccessible to children.
Keep away from corrosive agents such as garden
chemicals and de-icing salts.
Before you begin trimming, only use
the appropriate type of cutting line. Ensure that cutting
line is present in both sections of the spool.
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